#1 The Walk
by Erin Napier
Because in my experience even years have been happy years, I think this will be the very first time I document the best thing that happens every day of my ho-hum, sometimes magical, most times stressed out life. I feel sure no one will be reading this except maybe my husband Ben from time to time, but I want to document at least one year of our life for posterity. At least, the moments of it that I care to remember.
Today, mama and I took a long walk over the historic district of our city, Laurel. Ben and I live not very far from 5th and 6th avenues, and in the early months of our relationship, we would take these amazing walks in the springtime. Then, it smelled like sweet olive (if you’ve never smelled this fragrant bloom, you’ve missed out on one of the best things about a Mississippi springtime) and we would walk and walk and talk about our plans for our future life together. We planned our careers as married people (he a lawyer, me an artist… as it turns out, he is a youth minister and I am actually an entrepreneur/stationer/designer/artist), we talked about which homes we would someday buy, what we might name the fictional children we would have.
(Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, photo by Paul Myrick)
For today, I’m signing off. Cheers to the new year!
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!